Best of Boston

Best Neighborhood Shopping

2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Kendall Square

The Garment District

Cambridge
The perfect fake mustache, Darth Vader suit, and leather bomber jacket under one roof? It's a reality at the Garm. Brave the by-the-pound area to [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Roxbury

Skippy White’s

Roxbury
Thank Raytheon for laying off Skippy White back in the day, otherwise he might never have started hustling vinyl to make ends meet—and Boston might [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Downtown Crossing

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing

Boston
Wegmans, shmegmans. This outpost of the local grocery chain offers pretty much anything city dwellers could wish to stow in their Sub-Zero fridges, be it [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Allston

Ritual Arts

Boston
You don't have to be a high priestess to shop here. With an intriguing array of crystals, incense, jewelry, and d̩cor, Ritual Arts is welcoming [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Jamaica Plain

On Centre

Jamaica Plain
Charlie, the resident Tibetan terrier, will keep you company as you browse a thoughtfully curated collection of home accents and accessories that includes J.P.-themed silkscreened [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Fields Corner

Home.stead Bakery & Café

Dorchester
Serving up far more than just chai lattes, Home.stead has found a special place in our hearts for its selection of artisanal impulse buys, from [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Inman Square

Gather Here

Cambridge
Available in virtually every color (and pattern) under the sun, this creativity hub's dizzying array of textiles makes it easy for budding designers to craft [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Coolidge Corner

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline
Its slogan, "Dedicated to the fine art of browsing," is no mere hype: There are few better ways to spend a lazy Sunday morning than [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Harvard Square

Black Ink

Cambridge
Step into this bric-a-brac wonderland to find everything you never knew you needed. Stock up on quirky tchotchkes for those unexpected moments when you need [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Brighton

Johnny D’s Fruit and Produce

Boston
Wandering through a vast supermarket is far too frustrating. This shop stocks fresh fruits and veggies galore, and if you want something it doesn’t carry, [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Jamaica Plain

Papercuts J.P.

Boston
Browsing in this shop feels less like shopping and more like snooping though a stylish friend’s library—if said friend happened to stock the city’s best [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Roslindale

Roslindale Farmers’ Market

Boston
The market boasts a full bar, live music, and an army of booths that showcase locally made goodies including cheese, coffee, honey, and pasta—plus every [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Washington Square

Pantry

Brookline
Help at last for those of us who are grocery-challenged: Here you’ll find an arsenal of rotating recipes that you can prep and cook in [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Central Square

Cheapo Records

Cambridge
For more than 60 years, the shop has amassed a vast collection of records—with genres from classical to Cajun, pop to punk, and everything in [...] read more»